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Common Latin Genealogical Abbreviations

15 May 2017

When exploring records of certain educational institutions, examining memorials and tombstones and exploring Catholic records, it's likely that you're going to run across some Latin. We've previously put together a guide to some of the Latin terms you might encounter, along with their English translations. But, what if the document you're examining has abbreviations that you don't recognize, that might not even be Latin at all?

To help you understand just what it is you're looking at, we've created this short guide to common Latin abbreviations in genealogical records. If there's anything you'd like us to add, or an abbreviation that has you stumped, let us know in the comments!

If the abbreviation you're seeking isn't listed above, it could either mean it isn't Latin, or it doesn't occur frequently. For a longer list of abbreviations in the Catholic church (from common to the obscure), visit this site. If you're ready to dive into Catholic records, visit the Catholic Heritage Archive today.

If you have any questions or comments about the list above, let us know in the comments!


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